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lower back and buttocks pain with mild disk bulges

bechubbechu Posts: 2
edited 11/12/2015 - 8:08 PM in Lower Back Pain
I am 21 years old and a student. I have been suffering from lower back and right buttock pain ( also at times down my right thigh) for 8 months now. Sitting and standing for an hour triggers pain in my back.
I was advised to take an MRI and my MRI report says "a mild diffuse disk bulges at L4-L5 and L5-S1. No major decompression". Doctor says it is manageable with the core strengthening exercises. Is it?
I had a plan to join a mountaineering institute within 1-2 years after my graduation. I want to know whether I have any hope of completely releiving my back from this condition as it is necessary to pursue my dreams. Expecting valuable advices.

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • Hi bechu,
    There several treatment options available for disk bulge..in physiotherapy....
    Physiotherapy treatment for a lumbar disc bulge is vital to ensure an optimal outcome and may comprise:
    soft tissue massage
    electrotherapy (e.g. ultrasound)
    lumbar taping
    core stability exercises
    the use of a lumbar roll for sitting
    dry needling
    exercises to push the disc back 'in' and to improve strength, core stability and flexibility
    activity modification advice
    biomechanical correction
    ergonomic advice
    clinical Pilates
    a functional restoration program
    a gradual return to activity program........find a gud physiotherapist...gud luck...
  • Thanks for the information.
    I have done some physiotherapy including traction, ultrasound etc but only helped to relieve the upper muscles pain. Iam now advised to continue some core strengthening exercises for 3 weeks. Will that be enough? Also I want to know whether walking is good for improving my condition.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 11/13/2015 - 8:26 AM
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  • I had no luck with physical therapy, Tens treatment, core work (I'm a personal trainer also), muscle relaxers or injections as of today. My first injection made my pain worse and today I am in pain and had two epidurals but it's too early to tell. Best of luck!
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  • Hey, Bechu! I was wondering how are you doing. I am 31 and have been diagnosed the same problem. I have been training very actively before my lower back started hurting (mostly, at night). Haven't done any active training (no cross fit ) for over two months, only core strengthening exercises and some pilates. Don't see major improvements so far.
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  • Well having same problem I am 22 years old I started physiotherapy it helped a bit...but people saying that it is curable.. We are going so if we strength our back muscles then we will do our routine again.
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